Greenfield plans to take on Ernst next November

Less a year before the 2020 election, there is no shortage of Democratic candidates in the race, and not just the race for president. The Iowa U.S. Senate race continues to heat up with the filing deadline for candidates looming in mid-March. This past week, one of the Democratic candidates stopped by Clarion to visit with voters and collect signatures to get on the ballot.

Candidate Theresa Greenfield held a brief campaign event last Wednesday evening at Timbukbrü in Clarion.  According to recent polls, Greenfield is leading among the five Democratic candidates known to be running against Republican incumbent Joni Ernst. Greenfield has also been endorsed by U.S. Senate Minority Leader Schumer and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. 

During her stop in Clarion, Greenfield spent much of her time visiting with individuals, going from table to table, and introducing herself. Greenfield, who grew up on a farm outside of Bricelyn, MN, said right now her goals are to meet people, but also to raise money to support her candidacy.  

When she addressed the dozen or so people at the event, she mostly spoke about her background and concerns she has been hearing as she has traveled across Iowa. As the daughter of farmers who went out of business due to the farming crisis in the 80s, Greenfield commiserated with people struggling in the ag industry. She also noted she is a union supporter, having received survivor benefits after her spouse, a union member, was killed when she was a young mother. 

Greenfield noted that she has been hearing about five major concerns from Iowans in her travels. The biggest concern is healthcare. Though she did not expound much upon her own positions when it comes to healthcare, she noted improvements need to be made and criticized Joni Ernst for voting to end the Affordable Care Act. 

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